Art Roundup: New York City, Fall 2017 Highlights
December 19, 2017 - Emilia Dubicki for The Woven Tale Press
On my last visit to Chelsea, a must-see was the Syd Solomon show at the Berry Campbell gallery. Surveying all the paintings in this show, one can quickly see that Syd Solomon, an abstract painter who from 1959 and for the next thirty-five years split his time between Sarasota and the Hamptons, lived to paint. These works, from the ’70s and ’80s, today still look fresh and energetic; the aerosol enamel and acrylic paint he used is vibrant. The paintings are composed of exuberant swaths of color, his northern and southern coastal imagery melding together, collage-like. In “Morning Light Signs” the flotsam and jetsam of pink and orange recede and return to the foreground as if floating. There is an excitement to Solomon’s abstraction, as in “Lunareach,” where ribbons of orange and yellow tangle in an infinite darkened distance.
Berry Campbell focuses on artists in the modernist tradition and represents the estates of several artists of Long Island’s East End. Contemporary abstract painters are represented as well. The gallery’s very thorough website is filled with plenty of great images from abstract artists like Stephen Pace, Perle Fine, Charlotte Park, Albert Stadler, and Frank Bowling, among numerous others.
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